Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing

Serve a plate of Brussels sprouts salad with apples, carrots & poppy seed dressingI’m overdue for a hearty salad recipe on the blog, so today I bring you a tasty Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing. This is a robust salad with a wonderful combo of flavors, crunch, and a creamy vegan dressing.

I have a friend who a lot of people would call a picky eater. I hate being labeled based on what I eat, so I prefer to think of my friend as simply knowing what she likes and what she doesn’t like. Who am I kidding – she’s picky (but we love her)!

Salad wih Brussels sprouts and poppy seed dressing

Brussels sprouts came up the other night when we were out to dinner (we talk about other interesting things, I swear), and as I expected, she crinkled her nose at their mention. “Brussels sprouts are mushy and stinky!” she declared. I tried to lay it on that they really aren’t, but she wouldn’t hear of it.

If anything could change my friend’s mind about this small and leafy green veggie, it would be this Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing (or maybe these Savory Waffles with Ham, Cheddar, and Brussels Sprouts). The Brussels sprouts are shaved thin, and there is no need to cook them. Add that to the mix of snappy carrots, crisp apples, and salted, crunchy pistachios, and mushy is nowhere to be found!

Getting ready to put together a tasty saladTo get the Brussels sprouts nice and thin, I used a food processor fitted with the shredder attachment. Wash them and peel off the first one or two leaves from each, then cut off the tough bottom part before shredding them. To keep the chopped apples from turning brown while I completed my prep, I drizzled a bit of lemon juice over them.

Grab a fork for Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing

The sweet-and-slightly tangy vegan poppy seed dressing is a bit creamy, and it pulls all the flavors together really well. Bonus: it’s a cinch to make. This recipe for Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing is a big salad that’s perfect for a group. Like, enough to serve to friends who might need their minds changed about Brussels sprouts!

Recipe for Brussels sprouts salad with carrots, apples, pistachios & poppy seed dressing
Serves 6

Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pizza

Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pizza

Pull a seasonal pizza from the oven this time of year — one that’s a bit off the beaten path. This recipe for Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pizza fits the bill!

Pizza, and more pizza

My husband, my mom, and I were in Italy recently. What a great trip! We were tourists, I did a little work, we visited family, and we ate. We ate well! In fact, we’re still coming down from our pizza high. Seriously. We ate pizza five times in the first five days while we were there. I think we skipped pizza on the sixth day, then started back up again. It never got old! And the toppings were always interesting.

Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pizza

A pizza for the season

Pizza is great for so many reasons, but especially because no matter what you put on it, it usually works out pretty well. I wanted to try making a pizza using seasonal ingredients. This time of year, that means Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, and Pancetta Pizza. What a treat!

Enjoy a slice of pie: Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pizza

As the pizza cooks, the Brussels sprouts crisp up slightly while still keeping their tenderness. Paired with sweet butternut squash and salty pancetta, you’ve got a great combo. I added Mozzarella cheese as the base, then sprinkled grated Parmesan over the top after it cooled down slightly.

Why not make the most of seasonal ingredients? Try this recipe for Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pizza for a fun fall pizza party!

Recipe for Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pizza
Serves 2

Savory Waffles with Ham, Cheddar and Brussels Sprouts

Update: I was excited to learn that The Huffington Post featured this recipe in its “20 Sweet and Savory Breakfast Treats!”

Who doesn’t love waffles? At this time of year Brussels sprouts are among us, so save the berries and whipped cream for the summer, and make savory waffles with ham, cheddar and Brussels sprouts, instead. Sounds a bit different — and they are — but they’re delicious and perfect for a special family breakfast or holiday brunch.

Three cheers for waffles

I made savory waffles with our new waffle iron. Brussels sprouts are all around us this time of year, and I love them. I figured they’d be a good addition to savory waffles. Toss in the ham and cheese, and voilà! Serve savory waffles with ham, cheddar and Brussels sprouts with maple syrup or honey mustard sauce. I made the honey mustard sauce but I liked them better with the maple syrup.

If you don’t want to make the simple batter yourself, use a prepackaged mix (enough for eight waffles), and simply add the ham, cheddar and Brussels sprouts.

Surprise times three

You may have seen a rant (or two, or three) on the site about the fact that my cupboards are filled to capacity. No joke. It’s one of the things that drives me nuts about having too much stuff all the wonderful cooking tools I have.

One…

I completely surprised myself the other day when I suggested to my husband that we stop at Costco. We have a membership, but we never shop there. Not much of a reason for the two of us. Of course when we DO pop in, we come home with all sorts of goodies and things we totally don’t need. You know what I’m talking about.

two…

I surprised myself a second time while at Costco, and suggested to my husband that we buy a replacement waffle iron for the one we have that just makes okay waffles. I’m pretty sure he thought aliens had taken over my body. I hate buying replacements to things that are “fine” and without serious flaw, plus a new gadget might require a smidge more space in the cupboards.

and three…

The hubs was thrilled, aliens or not. He loves waffles. Surprise number three: we left Costco without too much extra stuff – no 24 pack of pomegranates. No ginormous tub of Twizzlers. And no frozen packages of pierogies that could feed much of Pittsburgh.

Recipe for Savory Waffles with Ham, Cheddar and Brussels Sprouts
Yields: 8 waffles